Masterclass: Industry Greats - award-winning documentary film maker James Jones
This masterclass with BBC Current Affairs will offer career information and insight from documentary film maker James Jones. James will discuss the challenges of making current affairs documentaries which tell extraordinary human stories from some of the world’s most difficult and dangerous places. This will include the drugs war in the Philippines, suicide in the military, wars in Ukraine, Iraq, and Gaza, undercover investigations in Saudi Arabia and North Korea, and riots in the UK.
James will be in conversation with producer Naomi Notice and the session will be chaired by Elsa Sharp talent executive, BBC Current Affairs.
James Jones is a multi award-winning director who makes films for international television and for theatrical release. His most recent credits, co-directed with Olivier Sarbil, include Emmy award-winning documentary Mosul and On the President's Orders which won Best UK film at Raindance Film Festival. On the Presidents Orders is currently available on BBC iPlayer . James' documentary Unarmed Black Male, a film following the murder trial of a white police officer in Portsmouth, Virginia, accused of shooting an unarmed black teenager, is also currently on BBC iPlayer.
He is currently directing a feature documentary called Riot about the 2011 UK riots, which is due to be released later this year.
Naomi Notice is a producer with a background in observational documentary, fixed rig and factual entertainment. Her most recent credits include In the Womb for National Geographic, Police Custody USA, and 24 hours in A&E for Channel 4. She is currently working as the producer on the documentary Riot with James Jones.
This event is supported by the ScreenSkills Television Skills Fund which invests in training for the freelance television workforce thanks to contributions from the BBC, Channel 4 and Channel 5.
It is part of a ScreenSkills programme managed by the Indie Training Fund to support freelancers to upskill and stay connected, helping keep the industry resilient in these difficult times.
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